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Steam shares your gameplay activity by default. If you’re playing?Hello Kitty: Island Adventure?or Bad Rats, you might want to keep your gameplay a secret. Here’s how to hide your Steam activity from your friends.

Hide Played Games From Your Steam Profile

Your Steam profile page normally lists all the games you’ve been playing and shows how many hours you’ve spent in all of them, focusing on what you’ve been playing in the last two weeks.

Steam profiles used to be public by default, but Valve made them private by default. Still, you may have made it public to work with a third-party service that reads information from your Steam profile, like IsThereAnyDeal, which scans your wishlist for games and lets you know if they’re for sale on other game stores.

To access your profile in Steam, hover over your username on the top bar and click “Profile.”

Click on your name, then click "Profile."

Click the “Edit Profile” button at the right side of the page to edit your profile.

Click "Edit Profile."

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Click “Privacy Settings” at the left side of your page to find Steam’s profile privacy options.

Click "Privacy Settings."

Adjust the privacy settings here to control what people can see. To hide gameplay, you have two options.

To hide gameplay information, set “Game details” to “Private.” Not even your friends will be able to see the games you’re playing, the games you own, or the games you’ve wishlisted. They can still see your friends list, inventory, comments, and other information, depending on the options you have selected on this page.

Click the drop down menu, then select between "Friends Only" and "Private."

You could also just hide everything by?setting the “My Profile” option to Private. If you do, no one can see your entire profile page. You can also select “Friends Only,” and only your Steam friends will be able to see your profile.

Hide Gameplay Activity From Steam Chat

If you’re only kind-of embarrassed about the game you’re currently playing—maybe you don’t care if it’s listed on your profile page but you don’t want all your friends getting a notification that you’ve started playing the game or see that you’re playing it on their friends list—you can go offline or become invisible on Steam chat.

To do so, click the “Friends” button near the top left of the Steam window and select “Offline” or “Invisible.”

Click "Friends", then select "Invisible" or "Offline."

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Alternatively, you can click “Friends & Chat” in the bottom right-hand corner to bring up the Steam Chat window.

Click "Friends & Chat."

Then click the small chevron (like an arrow, without the tail) next to your username. Select “Invisible” or “Offline” from the drop down menu.

Click the chevron (arrow without a tail), then click "Offline" or "Invisible."

Hide or Remove Games From Your Steam Library

If you’d like to hide a game from the Steam library on your PC, you can set it to “Hidden” or remove it from your Steam library.

Right-click the game, mouse over “Manage,” and then click “Hide this game.”

Right-click the game you want to hide, click "Manage," then click "Hide this game."

People with access to game details on your profile will still be able to see any achievements and playtime you have in that game. However, anyone with access to your PC won’t see the game in your normal Steam library.

With Steam now offering?adult-only games and other not-safe-for-work (NSFW) material, the ability to hide games you’re playing only becomes more important. But it’s useful even if you’ve been playing other games, like?Bad Rats, that you don’t want anyone else knowing about.

RELATED: How to Hide or Remove a Game From Your Steam Library

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